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Featured News


2022 release wave 1 plans for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform now available

2022 Release Wave 1 Plan release:

Early Access Available:

  • The ‘Early Access” features are automatically enabled when the Wave becomes generally available.

April 2022 | General Availability

  • Production deployment receives the new capabilities based on the rollout schedule.
  • For the 2022 Release wave 1 overview check this page on Dynamics 365 blog

Accelerate revenue with Dynamics 365 Sales and AI Sales Premium features with Sales Enterprise

Check out the short video of the Digital Selling Capabilities and see how with the 2022 Release Wave 1.  With 2022 Release Wave 1, You can use selected Dynamics 365 Sales Premium features with the Dynamics 365 Sales Enterprise license.


Deprecations & Service Retirement – Power Platform

April 2022

Upcoming WS-TRUST\OrganizationServiceProxy Authentication Type Shutdown in the spring of 2022
We are doing this to provide better Identity security, authentication support, cross platform support and to enable future improvements in our overall platform supported
product suite.


Effective February 4, 2020, the WS-Trust authentication type that is used by custom clients to connect to Dataverse is deprecated

  • Who is affected?
    • This affects you, your customer, or your tools if you’re connecting to Dataverse\PowerPlatform and:
    • You’re using a version of our SDK Client OLDER than 9.0.2.3 (shipped in April of 2018)
    • You’re using Office365 Authentication with the CrmServiceClient on ANY version.
    • You’re Using the OrganizationServiceProxy directly, either via the CrmServiceClient, or using it directly from the Microsoft.Xrm.Sdk.Client.dll
    • This does NOT affect Plugins that run on the Dataverse Server.
  • Requested GO-DO’s
    • If you are in the in the use case above, make plans and fix it now without waiting until close to the deadline.
    • If you are using tools, Partner or ISV provided tools, raise awareness, provide the link HERE which walks though identification and updates required.
  • Retirement phased approach
    • Effective April 2021, the authentication protocol will be retired for all new environments within a tenant.
    • The retirement of new environments starts April 1, 2021 and rolls out gradually in all regions within a 6-week window.
    • Effective April 2022, the authentication protocol will be retired for all new and existing environments within a tenant.
    • More information: Use of Office365 authentication with the WS-Trust security protocol

Model-driven app controls Deprecation & Retirement

  • Some older controls for model-driven apps are deprecated.
  • These controls include Flip Switch, Calendar Control (V1), Linear Slider, Radial Knob, Arc Knob, Linear Gauge; along with the Website Preview control, MultiSelectPicklistControl (V1), and the Flip Label (two radio buttons format option).
  • Why is this needed?
    • These controls are outdated and don’t conform to our current standards for usability and accessibility.
    • For example, we’ve received feedback that the Flip Label control is difficult to determine its intended use and users commonly don’t see the options available to choose from, such as "yes / no" or "enable / disable."
  • Impact
    • Starting April 2021, these controls can no longer be added to forms.
    • For instances of Flip Label control, the control will be transitioned to a drop-down.
    • For all other controls, they'll continue to work within existing forms until April 2022

October 2022

Some client APIs Deprecation & Retirement - Deprecated Client API : ClientGlobalContext.js.aspx

  • The ClientGlobalContext.js.aspx page is deprecated and scheduled to be unavailable after October 1, 2022.
  • Use Power Apps component framework overview to build configurable and reusable components that enable external integrations in a supported way or usecustom pages to add custom full page or dialog or pane experiences into model-driven apps, with the flexibility of the canvas designer.
  • Check the list of deprecated client APIs here

November 2022

Dataverse OData v2.0 Service removal

  • We plan to remove the Dataverse OData v2.0 Organization Data Service on November 11, 2022.
  • This announcement does not involve the deprecated Organization Service SOAP endpoint.
  • At this time, no date has been announced for the removal of the SOAP endpoint.
  • The Organization Data Service was deprecated with Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement v8.0 in favor of the Web API, an OData v4.0 service.
  • Today, less than .06% of requests to Dataverse use this endpoint. Removing this endpoint will enable Dataverse to improve overall performance.
  • Any code that uses the Organization Data Service should be migrated to use the Web API before that time.
  • More information: OData v2.0 Service removal date announcement

Data export Service

  • Data Export Service (DES) is deprecated.
  • Data Export Service will continue to work and will be fully supported until it reaches end-of-support and end-of-life a year from this announcement date, in November 2022.
  • This notice is to allow you sufficient time to plan and onboard to Azure Synapse Link for Dataverse which is a successor to Data Export Service.
  • The Playbook will guide them through the initialization, planning, and adoption phases.
  • For more details, check out this page on Power Apps blog.

Important upcoming changes – supporting articles


Release Waves and Service Updates


Manage Updates

Release Waves:

Service Updates:

Continuously bring stability and reliability into the products with set of repaired functionalities, hotfixes. Usually on a weekly cadence.

Admin feature | Service Updates - ( doesn’t apply to Release Waves)
Managing your maintenance Window for database and application updates in Power Platform Admin Center.

Understanding Release Wave Updates

  • Release Wave Plan for visibility on what’s coming.
  • Release Wave schedule  for visibility on deployment timelines  for Power Apps, Dynamics 365 CE Apps and Industry Clouds
    • Wave 1 Period:   April – September
    • Wave 2 Period:  October to March.
  • Release Wave Opt-in to early access update
    • Understand the opt-in process to early updates for Dynamics 365 environment and how to opt-in to early access updates.
  • General Availability deployment
    • After a release cycle has been made "generally available" to users, environments are typically automatically turned on.
      This is so users can receive ongoing mandatory updates which will enable the early access features and general available features of the release.

Tips to Stay Informed on Updates


Microsoft Dataverse – Service Updates

Dataverse Service Updates are typically deployed every week and reflect the environment update information.

What is included?

  • Repaired functionality for unified Interface, accessibility.
  • Resolution of actions that produce errors, unhandled exceptions or system or component failures.

How to determine if your organization has received the service update?

  • To determine whether your organization had this update applied, check your Microsoft Dataverse version number.
  • Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner, and then click About.

Click here to see the Latest Version Availability for your Dataverse


Power Platform and Dynamics 365 Apps – Service Updates

Sales App

  • Click here to see the Latest version availability and Next App/Solution Version based on you region.
  • Sales App/Solution Service Updates are typically deployed every 2 weeks and the schedule will be published every other Wednesday.
  • Sales App/Solution Version are deployed based on region specific times.

Customer Service

  • Click here to see the Latest version availability and Next App/Solution Version based on you region.
  • Customer Service App/Solution Service Updates page is updated every Tuesday.
  • App/Solution Version are deployed based on region specific times.

Field Service

  • Click here for information Field Service Updates and Service Update release schedule for your region.

Power Automate

  • Click here for the last Power Automate Release Note and Release schedule for your region.
  • Power Automate is not available in all regions at once.
  • Instead, each version is made available incrementally in different regions of the world.

Power Apps/Unified Interface/Power Apps Studio/Mobile

Latest Version Available:

  • Latest version of Power Apps is here - It includes:
    • Unified Interface
    • Power Apps Studio/Mobile
    • Make.PowerApps.com version
  • Latest version for Power Automate Click here
  • Product information
  • Power Apps is not available in all regions at once.
  • Instead, each version is made available incrementally in different regions of the world.

Power Apps Portals

Latest Version Available:

  • Latest Portal updates 9.4.2.x
    ( February 2022) is here.
  • Product Information
    • A portal consists of the following components Portal Solutions and Portal website Host.
    • Portal Website Host is typically updated automatically on a monthly basis to the latest versions.
    • Portal Solutions are updated by customers.
  • Portal Update, Upgrade information
    • Check out how to Upgrade a portal, Update Portal Solution and Enable a Portal for new Release.
    • If Portal Solution requires Update, those will be specified and required customer action to do so in Power platform Admin Center. 
    • We recommend that you update Solution packages during off-peak hours.

Power BI Desktop and Power BI Server

Latest Version Available

  • Check the latest Power BI February 2022 update here. Video
  • Product Information
    • Power BI Desktop is updated and released on a monthly basis, incorporating customer feedback and new features.
    • Only the most recent version of Power BI Desktop is supported; customers who contact support for Power BI Desktop will be asked to upgrade to the most recent version. Get the latest version of Power BI Desktop from the Download Center
  • Power BI Service | The following updates are new to the Power BI service this month: Get started with goals in Power BI (preview)

Dynamics 365 Marketing

Latest Version Available

  • Check the latest Dynamics 365 Marketing Version  is here
  • Product information
  • December 2021 Updates
    • With the Dynamics 365 Marketing December 2021 update you can create journey branches based on any attribute, track unsubscribed users in real-time marketing insights, and manage Microsoft Teams meeting options from the Dynamics 365 Marketing app.
    • The update also includes general performance upgrades and bug fixes.
  • The latest enhancements include:
  • Real-Time Marketing
    • Customer journeys
    • Marketing Insights
  • Outbound Marketing
    • Event management


    Microsoft Dynamics 365 On-premises – Service Updates

    For the latest Service Updates for Dynamics 365 on-premise release version 9.0 and 9.1 visit Service Updates

    Latest On-Premises Update | January 2022 release


    Product Updates


    Power Apps

    Try out the new Productivity, Collaboration features

    Check out the way we are delivering modern business apps with increased productivity for all users:

    Task Productivity

    • Modern Power Apps grid and view pages
    • Modern Advanced Find allows users to access any table and use advanced filters to explore data
    • Users can be alerted to key items to address, which makes them more likely to be successful leveraging In App Notifications

    Collaboration features

    • See colleagues who are currently working on the record and easily start chats with them
    • See on-line status of colleagues in-app and easily start chats with them via improved people card
    • Easily share links to records with colleagues

    Enable these features with instructions provided on this page on Power Apps blog


    Modern advanced find with enhanced view management in model-driven apps

    • Finding and then acting on information in model-driven apps can take two forms:
    • We are announcing the availability of:
      • Modern advanced find that not only replaces the legacy experience but also adds new enhancements to view personalization to help you be more productive with model-driven apps.
      • View selector enhancements to help you create and find views easily. Hiding, Changing the order of Views and Sharing.

    Learn more on this page on Power Apps blog.


    Model-driven apps offline for Makers (preview)

    Do your users need to work on the go with spotty connectivity?

    • With model-driven apps offline for makers experience in preview, it is now easier than before to set up an app to work offline.
    • People in your organization can work seamlessly without worrying about connectivity!
    • In this preview, you’ll now also be able to choose the offline mode for your mobile apps. The new offline-first mode is optimized to improve your device performance and it works better in low-network conditions than “classic offline” mode.

    Learn more on how makers can enable this capability on this page on Power Apps blog.


    Announcing new Dataverse auditing features

    We are introducing a set of new audit features helping Dataverse administrators to stay compliant with internal and external auditing requirements and to manage log capacity at the same time.

    • Audit data is now also stored in a separate physical log storage so an organization’s audit log can grow to many terabytes in size without limiting available physical database storage.
    • This change in physical storage is independent from the continued need for having sufficient storage entitlements for logs and database records.

    Learn more, on what’s the auditing new feature, the flexible audit data management and audit retention policy on this page on Power Apps blog


    Tenant-level hygiene analytics for Power Apps

    The latest updates to the Tenant-level analytics include interactive controls that make it a snap to identify stale and orphaned Power Apps deployed across multiple environments or the entire tenant.

    Learn more, on how this works from this page on Power Apps blog.


    Localizing content on a custom page

    • Localizing custom pages will help you build multi-language Power Apps that align model-driven apps with custom pages that are needed for cross-regional deployments.
    • We are excited to bring this capability as it will ensure you can seamlessly deploy a Power App that uses both model-driven forms and custom pages with multiple languages enabled by admins and set by your users.

    Learn more, on this page on Power Apps blog.


    Power Platform CLI January update

    We are delighted to announce the release of our January update for the Power Platform CLI.

    We have made quite a few improvements in this update.

    Here are a few things that are worth trying out with this new update.

    • Device Code authentication support
    • PAC Solution version capability
    • Few other  commands to explore

    Learn more on this page on Power Apps blog


    Power Apps Portals

    Announcing General Availability (GA) of Power Apps portals as mobile apps

    • We are excited to announce the General availability of portals as a progressive web app that was introduced as a preview feature, enabling makers to enable portals into apps with native app like look & feel right from portal studio in just few steps.

    Learn more on  how to Create low code-no code branded app, Managing basic offline experience, Distribute your app  on this page on Power Apps blog.


    Announcing General Availability (GA) of code components for portals

    We are excited to announce the General Availability (GA) of code components for portals that was introduced in April 2021 release as a preview feature.

    Feature capabilities

            This feature provides the following capabilities:

    • Replace fields on portal forms with code components.
    • Liquid template tag for code components.
    • Code components with Portal Web API support.

    Prerequisites

    • Your portal version must be 9.4.1.x or later (updates are currently rolling out)..

    Check out what’s new and learn more on this post on Power Apps blog


    Announcing General Availability (GA) of Power Apps portals support for Query data using portals Web API

    We are excited to announce the General Availability (GA) of Power Apps portals support for Query data using portals Web API that was introduced in November 2021 release as a preview feature.

    Feature capabilities

    • This feature provides the following capabilities:
    • Query records
    • Apply system query options
    • Request specific properties
    • Filter results
    • Order results
    • Aggregate and grouping results
    • Retrieve a count of rows
    • Column comparison
    • Retrieve related table records with a query

    Pre-requisites

    • This feature requires the following versions for starter portal package and portal version:
    • Portal host version 9.4.1.x or later.
    • Starter portal package version 9.3.2201.x or later.

    Check out what’s new and learn more from this post on Power Apps blog.


    Power Automate

    Announcing Tenant-level analytics for Power Automate Cloud flows

    • The latest updates to the Tenant-level analytics include analytics for Power Automate – Cloud flows deployed across multiple environments or the entire tenant.
    • Tenant-wide analytics are built on service telemetry data derived from Power Platform apps, bots, and services.
    • These solutions allow environment admins to effectively monitor activities related to Cloud flows across the organization. 
    • This update includes an expansion to the Data Export pipeline making Usage & Inventory metrics for Cloud flows available to Power Platform customers.

    Learn more on how this works from post on Power Automate blog


    Power Automate for desktop – January 2022 update

    • We are happy to announce that the February 2022 update of Power Automate for desktop (version 2.16) has been released!
    • You can download the latest release here.
    • New features and updates have been added and include:
      • Monitoring notification window for console attended desktop flow runs
      • Performance improvements in flow designer
      • New ‘Display custom form’ action (Preview)
      • New actions to convert a file to base64 and vice versa
      • New ‘Extract tables from PDF’ action
      • New property for datatable variables
      • New ability to copy a subflow and paste in other flows
      • Renaming variables to existing names is now permitted
      • Auto clean up of local actions log file

    Check out the full list and details on the Power Automate blog page.


    Learning and Training Corner


    Customizing Power Apps Portals - Azure B2C Branding and Passing Attributes to Dataverse

    Use Case: 

    • You have set up Azure AD B2C and you want a custom Company Logo on the Sign In/Sign Up page, in addition you want a user’s first name and last name passed to Dataverse during registration.

    Check out this page to find response to the solutioning.

    • Where should I do the branding?
    • Where should I manage custom attributes?

    Review the walkthrough video


    Customizing Power Apps Portals - Basic Liquid Templating Building Left Side Navigation

    Use case:

    • You have started using PowerApps Portals and have heard about Liquid Templating. 
    • You would like to learn a little more about it and explore using some Liquid in a Dev Environment. 
    • You find the Left Navigation example and decide to give it a go.

    Check out this page to find response to the solutioning.

    • Where does my Liquid Code go?
    • How do I get started with Liquid?

    Review the walkthrough video


    Useful Links


    Microsoft Events

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    NEW ! Power Platform Resources

    Microsoft Power Platform – Microsoft Adoption

    Power Platform Training Materials

     

    Power Platform guidance

    Adoption Best Practices

    Power Platform CoE

    Real-World architecture examples

     

    Videos

    Power CAT Apps & Automate Architecture Series

     

    Roadmap and Release Plan

    Product Roadmap

    Product Updates

    Early Access Updates Policy

     

    Power Platform Product Updates

    Power Apps Updates

    Power Automate Updates

    Portal Updates

    Power BI Updates

     

    Dynamics 365 Apps

    What's new in Dynamics 365

    Microsoft Dynamics 365 Blog

    Dynamics 365 CE in the Field

    Dynamics 365 Resources

    Dynamics 365 Training

     

    Deprecations

    Important Changes Coming

    Power Platform

    Power Apps portals  

    Canvas Apps

     

    Customer Stories

    Dynamics 365 Customer Stories

    PowerApps Customer Stories

    Social

    Twitter: PFE Dynamics

    YouTube: Dynamics 365

     

     

    Important changes coming

    Canvas Apps

    Power Apps Power Automate

    Power Apps Portals